A BES committee? That’s not for me … is it?

Being on a BES committee is one of the ways in which members can have a voice in the Society.

Cecile, Arron, Diana and Natalie are all members of BES committees
Cecile, Arron, Diana and Natalie are all members of BES committees

There are committees that oversee what the Society does in many areas, from the journals we publish and the events we run to policy work and our support for education and careers.

We asked four of our committee members about their experience.

If you fancy helping shape the future of the BES, there are positions available on three of our committees. Deadline for applications is 8 Feb 2019.

Cecile Bacles

Cecile Bacles

Chizé Centre for Biological Studies, French National Centre for Scientific Research

“I will always remember my first committee meeting. What. Was. I. Thinking? I was not good enough. I was not everything enough.

“In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed those eight years of engagement. I’d like to think that I also helped the BES by bringing a different perspective.”

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Arron Watson

Arron Watson

Research Assistant, University of Reading

“I would highly recommend being on a committee.

“I look back and realise that the thought of being on a committee was quite daunting as postgraduate student. I thought my voice may not mean as much as someone who has been with the society a lot longer. However, I realised quite quickly that I have a voice and can contribute as much as anyone else.”

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Diana Gilbert

Diana Gilbert

Self-employed upland plant ecologist and Chair, Montane Scrub Action Group

“The BES encourages and stimulates new ideas, and is open to realistic innovative thinking. In return committee membership is a great opportunity for networking with other professional ecologists.”

“The focus of the Society was on the academic community. My interest was to encourage a broader focus that actively included non-academic ecologists and support the widening of the Society’s stakeholders.”

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Natalie Cooper

Natalie Cooper

Researcher, Natural History Museum, London

“When I suggest that people join a BES committee, their main concern is that they aren’t qualified or senior enough. In reality, we desperately need diverse voices and experiences to make sure we’re catering to the whole BES membership.”

“I’ve been a member of the BES Publications Committee for around four years and it’s been a fascinating experience.”

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